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Nov 20, 2006 - Valley of the Kings and Hurghada

Up before the sunrise again this morning for our donkey ride into the Valley of the Kings. Katie told us that they pair us up with a donkey that matches our personality so some were a little worried as to what donkey they would get. On the donkey for the 1hr ride. It felt so weird as you just had to let your legs hang down like a sack of potatoes. Good fun though especially when they made the donkey's go a little bit faster. Lot's of hot air balloons in the air and buses full of tourists passing our group taking photos. The Valley of the...

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Sep 24, 2006 - El Gouna - Chillin' on the Red Sea

From lawless territories, corrupt governments, extreme poverty and related petty crime to daredevil mountain bike adventures, kayaks in Antarctica, kamikaze bus drivers and dubious light planes, we've survived over 11 months of Loges' Goes Global and are pretty keen on keeping it that way. So when the Barton's received a warning via Richard's company about travelling to the Sinai Peninsula, we grew all sensible and decided to stick to the mainland Red Sea coastline and hence ended up at the resort town of El Gouna, just north of the...

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Loges' Go Global

Mar 8, 2006 - Hurghada diving

Hey everyone! Last weekend was my first official Red Sea trip for diving - it was great! Spent Friday and Saturday on a boat either diving, sleeping, or eating. It was a great break from cairo. The diving in Hurghada is really good, but really really crowded with divers since basically the only thing to do in Hurghada is dive, or lay around at the beach. Hurghada is the "original" Red Sea resort town. Now, Sharm and Dahab are more popular, and Hurghada (the town itself) has kinda gone down the tubes. Kind of Euro trashy. There must be some...

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A Cairenian Semester

Jan 31, 2006 - The Egyptian Escapade |Part 1

THE EGYPTIAN ESCAPADE Sunday 22nd January Some of the crew stay up but the oldies get some shut eye - then venture into town via the constantly running ferry (free of charge). The French yacht departs in a flurry with a grumpy looking dad - about 10.30am The town of Port Said is not that exciting! The streets are ordinary - by Egyptian standards - and there is little to recommend the place. Though we did have a reasonable lunch in the Galal seafood Restaurant recommended by the lonely planet guide. And the beach - gosh, just look at the...

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Toughs Travels

Dec 3, 2005 - Hurghada

Once again we are in a convoy to Hurghada- an 0800 start, with the ubiqitous police jeeps front middle and rear of about 40 coach loads. About an hour out half the coaches peeled off to another destination and the police obviously thought we were in safe territory as they also peeled off and went back to Luxor. If you hadn't seen this trip you wouldn't beleive it. We passed several villages enroute, and the local police with the help of the public, hold up the traffic from side roads until we have gone through. It looks hilarious to see a...

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Nov 19, 2005 - On the Go, to Hurghada

Shari and I have not stopped since we started this tour, with the company rightly named ON THE GO. Great people and a great tour guide with so many fantastic places to see. We have an early morning wake-up to take a boat across the Nile for our donkey ride to the Valley of the Kings. Us girls are warned to either wear a sports bra, or 2 pairs of bras to support us on this bouncy ride. In Valley of the Kings we see temples and tombs of noble pharaos, hidden away from theives and grave-robbers. The colours of the paiting in the tombs are...

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Jacki's Journey

Nov 15, 2005 - Red Sea Diving

Okay so we were pretty sceptical as to how good the diving would be as in many places people claim beautiful sites only be mildly impressed. We tried a few shops around and reserved ourselves to having to pay the expensive price tag for a couple of dives. We settled on the Jasmin Diving Centre just down the beach from our resort, from the dive shops we talked to, they inspired us with the most confidence. The first dive was our "check out" dive to make sure that we were not complete dummies in the water. There was an okay amount of marine...

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Nov 13, 2005 - Seeing Red...

Coastal Egypt, where the sand meets the sea, is quickly developing as a resort hotspot for the central European crowd. The Rea Sea resort town of Hurghada seems to be a particular favourite playground for the Russians. We've travelled from Aswan by bus and are now staying at the most luxurious place on our entire journey, the Ali Baba Palace. We knew that were the atypical guest at the hotel, seeing as we walked onto the property with our backpacks and Troy looking the way he does we got questioned by the guards. Then looking around at the...

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Sep 30, 2005 - Egypt unleashed

So Egypt. Cairo is an insane place. 23 million people all running around, driving around and the pollution is definitely something to sneeze at! But we managed to find a good hostel for cheap and as is the thing to do in Egypt, the manager of the hostel acted as our travel agent and set up tours for us while we were there. So of course we hit the pyramids, including Sacarra which is the location of the very first pyramids built in Egypt. But I have to say, to see the great pyramids in real life is awesome. We even did it on camels! Neil...

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Sep 20, 2005 - Day 24: Luxor to Hurghada - Red Sea.

We started with the Temple of Karnak today. It is a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, kiosks, pylons and obelisks, all dedicated to the Egyptian gods and pharaohs. Everything is gigantic - the site measures about 1.5km by 800m and is large enough to contain about 10 cathedrals. It was built over nearly 1500 years and was the most important place of worship in all Egypt. Quoting Amelia Edwards, a 19th-century writer and artist, "The scale is too vast; the effect too tremendous; the sense of one's own dumbness, and littleness, and...

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Sep 12, 2005 - Hurghada, Egypt

Monday, September 12. Hurghada, Egypt. After a late check out from the Kanebesh Hotel (mostly Egyptians and other Arab clientele), I caught a late afternoon high speed ferry south to Hurghada, another resort town on the Red Sea Coast of Egypt. I decided to spend the night in Hurghada (Snafer Hotel in Ad-Dahar; 75 L.E.), and catch the morning bus to Luxor.

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Jul 17, 2005 - away again

After a 3 hour trip we now find ourself at Hurgada. A very nice hotel by the sea and it has a pool!!! we were supposed to leave for Sharm elshik the next morning but the seas were to rough and the boat was cancelled for the next day so an extra day in hurgada can only be spent by one way. In the ocean!!

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MADISH 2005

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